Links – Evergreen Breaks Ground and Liberals to Name Candidate

Evergreen Line shovel Coquitlam Port Moody

The first two contracting firms have been signed up and work is ready to begin on the Evergreen Line. The announcement was made yesterday morning at the Port Moody West Coast Express station. Pedre Contractors Ltd. and Hans Demolition and Excavators will be installing new underground power lines and tearing down vacant buildings. It’s not hyperbole to say this is one of the most significant development projects in the history of the Tri-Cities, and it’s going to be fun to see how all this plays out.

Speaking of events that seem to be taking forever to happen, there is more movement on the Port Moody provincial by-election front. The BC Liberals will announce their candidate at their nomination meeting on February 17th. Up to now, Dennis Marsden is the only declared candidate to go against Joe Trasolini of the NDP and Christine Clarke of the BC Conservatives. Watch for more appearances by the party leaders as we eventually get around to having a vote.

Seems like the City of Coquitlam had a very good year. A rise in property development and found cash here and there has the city’s bank account in good shape. With more building permits to be issued in the run up to the Evergreen Line, hopefully that can continue. No word in the article on whether or not Lou Sekora found something in there to complain about.

With all that sweet cash, they’ll be spending some of that money on my favourite civic institution, the library. The new Town Centre library branch will be ready three months later than planned, but they’re hoping to begin construction in mid-February. The delay is a result of adding a mezzanine floor to the project, which adds up to a library three times bigger than the current one across the street.

Continuing the good news from the City of Coquitlam, Counsellor Terry O’Neill is blogging this week about the City’s land holdings.

This week’s restaurant review comes courtesy acfong: with their review of Matoi Sushi in Coquitlam.

And finally, Park Lane made a pretty cool video of their Heritage Woods development in Port Moody. Some pretty neat aerial footage from the land of tall trees and granite countertops.

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